Two new CDC publications promoting protective factors - the antithesis to trauma

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has two recent publications that support trauma informed practice by promoting protective factors. Promoting Safe Stable and Nurturing Relationships (SSNRs): A Strategic Direction for Child Maltreatment Prevention outlines a five year vision for preventing child maltreatment. The overall strategy is to promote SSNRs which are the antithesis of child abuse and neglect. School Connectedness: Stragegies for increasing protective factors among youth reviews research that suggests that students are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and succeed academically when they feel connected to school. Four factors that can increase school connectedness are identified: adult support, belonging to a positive peer group, commitment to education, and school environment. Six strategies to increase school connectedness are recommended.